SIM Card Registration Exercise Deadline Won’t Be Extended – Minister Warns

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communication and Digitalisation says the Ministry does not plan on extending the deadline for the nationwide SIM card registration exercise.

She further said all unregistered SIM cards would be deactivated toward the end of July this year, and prompted cell phone clients yet to register their SIM cards to do as such to comply with the time constraint.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful gave the warning during the peak of the Ahafo Regional festival of Girls-in-ICT Initiative held at Acherensua in the Asutifi South District on the subject “Access and safety”.

The Girls-in-ICT initiative, one of the blooming projects of the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation (MoCD) was in accordance with the International Girls-in-ICT Day, an initiative presented in 2012 and supported by all International Communications Unions (ITU) in the Member States.

It pointed toward empowering and engaging young ladies to consider studies and professions in ICT in the developing fields of ICTs and empowered the young ladies and innovation organizations to receive the rewards of more noteworthy female support in the ICT area.

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Under the drive, 1,000 young ladies from chosen basic schools in the Region had the chance to go through one-week intensive teaching and learning in ICT in fundamental computing including programming, coding, gaming, scratch composing, and mentorship program.

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Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said cell phone clients in the nation had been given sufficient opportunity and an amazing chance to register their SIM cards saying,“there is no way we are going to extend the deadline again”.

She said the SIM card registration was fundamental on the grounds that the activity would extraordinarily help the nation in its endeavors to curb cybercrimes which had become more modern.

Addressing the Girls-in-ICT initiative, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said her office is entirely settled to support the drive to produce opportunities for young ladies to profit from ICT schooling.

She stressed that ICT schooling was not just for men, but also for young ladies too, saying young ladies also require ICT abilities to give them the required opportunities in the computerized space.

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The Sector Minister acknowledged MTN Ghana and different sponsors for supporting the drive and communicated the expectation that the drive would get additional help from corporate associations and foundations.

Mr. George Yaw Boakye, the Ahafo Regional Minister praised the initiative and hoped that helping more girls would be supported.

Nana Kofi Asare, the Acting Chief Corporate Officer, MTN Ghana gave the confirmation that the telecom organization would subsidize for the drive to yield beneficial results.

He emphasized the organization’s obligation to assist the country’s Digitalisation drive by giving quality connections and solid web networks.

Miss Juliet Delila, 12-years, and a JHS student of the Sankore District Assembly ‘A’ Junior High School in Asunafo South District has delegated the champ of the Girls-in-ICT drive in the Ahafo Region.

She got GHC3,000.00, a PC a plaque while Margaret Anane, a class six student of the Hwidiem Roman Catholic Primary School in Asutifi South District set second and got a PC, and a plaque.

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The third position was Nancy Ezel Owusuaa, 14 years, and a form one understudy of the Duayaw-Nkwanta Presbyterian ‘B’ JHS in Tano North Municipality.

She also brought back home a PC, and a plaque, while the MoCD gave a PC to every one of the initial 100 young ladies who succeeded in the preparation program.

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